Integrative Skin Wellness

Integrative Dermatology

Is your acne-prone skin dictating how you live, stealing your confidence, and leaving you dodging mirrors and shying away from selfies? Do unsightly scars, persistent rashes, or premature wrinkles make you feel like you’re wearing a mask you can’t remove? Don’t fret; you have landed on the right page. Replace your short-term fixes and traditional medicine with the holistic approach practiced by our Integrative Dermatology Specialists at Nature of Skin Dermatology and transform your skin by nourishing it from within.

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Nature of Skin Dermatology logo - Austin Dermatologist

Dr. Saya Obayan, MD, MPH, FAAD

9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 200,
Austin, TX 78759

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Q1: How does integrative dermatology differ from traditional dermatology?

Integrative dermatology involves a holistic approach, considering nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management during conventional treatments. These visits are longer, 45-30 mins, and you have the time to address several important issues. If testing is recommended, you will need a follow up visit to discuss the results and provide treatment options. Traditional medical insurers do not cover these visits and they are out of pocket. An FSA or HSA can sometimes be used for these visits.

Q2: What happens at an integrative dermatology appointment?

During an integrative visit, your integrative specialist will perform a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan for you. These treatment plans can include various interventions including nutrition adjustments, suggested tests for further assessment, supplements and vitamins, and mind body interventions. At Nature of Skin dermatology we provide integrative treatment plans for acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer prevention, and holistic rejuvenation. 

Q3: What should I tell my integrative dermatologist?

You should tell your dermatologist these things:

  • Your skincare routine.
  • Risk of skin cancer and family history
  • Activities, diet, and other current lifestyle characteristics
  • Anything that you think is affecting your skin
  • Skin concerns like itch, flaking skin, and rash
  • Talk about cosmetic procedures and skin aging

Q4: When should I consult an integrative dermatologist?

When you experience skin changes, rashes, severe itching, redness and pain that appears unexpectedly, and desire non pharmaceutical treatments or if you are not improving with other treatments, visit our integrative dermatologists. It could be an infection, an allergy, an eczema or some other serious skin problem that needs attention.

Q5: What could be recommended for me at my integrative appointment?

At your integrative appointment, our recommendations may vary based on your health and goals. Here are some general recommendations that we could offer during your integrative appointment:

  • Holistic assessments and interventions
  • Dietary changes
  • Strategies to manage stress
  • Mind-body therapies like massage therapy, acupuncture, or biofeedback
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Supplements and vitamins

Q6: Who is integrative dermatology not for?

Integrative dermatology may not be suitable for emergent medical conditions like a rapidly progressing skin allergy, infection or injury that requires immediate medical attention. Similarly, integrative dermatology is not for serious dermatology issues like rapidly worsening skin conditions and skin cancer. Patients who are not committed to dietary changes, holistic skincare routines and stress management may not be appropriate for integrative dermatology. Integrative Dermatology is not for young children under the age of 5 or individuals seeking immediate results or quick fixes.

Q7: How long does it take to get better?

The time it takes to get better from integrative dermatology depends on several factors such as the specific condition of the patient, the severity of the skin condition, chosen treatment approach, patient follow through with the recommendations, and individual differences in how a person’s body responds to treatment.

Q8: What if my condition comes back?

If your health condition comes back after an initial period of remission, we will take the appropriate steps to address it. The recurrence of a medical condition is common and doesn’t really mean that your treatment was ineffective. You must reach out to your dermatologist as soon as you notice any symptoms returning or worsening. They will evaluate your condition and perform the necessary tests, and provide guidance to the next steps. Keeping a journal or diary to track your symptoms, triggers and any changes you notice in your skin is highly recommended. This information can be helpful in working with your dermatologist to find the most effective treatment plan for you.

Q9: What complementary therapies are commonly used in integrative dermatology?

Our Integrative dermatology practitioners use several therapies, including topical creams and ointments, lifestyle changes, herbal supplements, stress management techniques, mind body techniques, and dietary changes to replace or supplement conventional treatments.

Q10: Is integrative dermatology evidence-based?

Integrative dermatology blends evidence-based practices and treatments that have proven records of effectiveness in skin health improvement. The recommendations given during your visit are based on scientific evidence.

Q11: Can I use integrative dermatology alongside conventional treatments?

Yes, you can use integrative dermatology to complement conventional treatments to improve results and reduce side effects.

Q12: Are there any potential risks or side effects with integrative dermatology treatments?

Integrative dermatology treatments are safe, but it’s crucial to consult a qualified integrative dermatology practitioner to make sure that this treatment is appropriate for your specific condition.

Q13: Can Integrative dermatology help with anti-aging and cosmetics concerns?

Integrative dermatologists may recommend topical treatments that contain botanical extracts, nutrients and natural ingredients. These treatments can help soothe and nourish the skin and address certain skin concerns that develop with time like hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne and wrinkles.

Q14: Can a dermatologist make your face look younger?

If you are bothered about the signs of aging skin, you must see a dermatologist. Advanced treatments and less-invasive methods for skin tightening, smoothing wrinkles and improving a person’s complexion are giving lots of people younger-looking skin.

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